She fired gun, and bullet penetrated book he was holding to his chest
The 20-year-old who shot her boyfriend during a YouTube stunt gone wrong last summer was sentenced to 180 days in jail Wednesday for second-degree manslaughter.
Monalisa Perez shot Pedro Ruiz III, the father of her two children, June 26 with a handgun at their home in Halstad while attempting to record a stunt that involved the mistaken belief that the .50 caliber bullet could be stopped by a thick hardcover book held to his chest.
Ruiz’s family allegedly blamed Perez for pulling the trigger, and some even suggested she knew it would kill him.
Perez will serve her 180-day sentence in 10-day increments in South Dakota, where she now lives, and must serve 30 days in jail each year between 2018 and 2020 by June 26, the anniversary of Ruiz’s death. All but 180 days of the two-year sentence that was sought was suspended for 10 years during which she will be on probation. The balance of her sentence can be served via electronic home monitoring. Additionally, Perez is not allowed to have any firearms for the rest of her life, cannot benefit financially from the incident, and must pay for Ruiz’s funeral.
The maximum sentence for manslaughter is 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine, but the prosector, Norman County Attorney James Brue, said the “foolish stunt” came from Ruiz and that was the reason for the shortened sentence for the offender who played a “minor role” in the crime.